The Nets are 4-0 to start 2014, and over the course of this win streak, they've gotten contributions from nearly everyone on the team. Late in Wednesday's game, Brooklyn got a big time performance from none other than the Big Ticket, Kevin Garnett.
After the game, Paul Pierce told reporters that it was no coincidence his longtime teammate broke out with a big fourth quarter, as the Nets knew they had a mismatch with Garnett against the smaller Warriors front court, and KG made them pay.
[sny-box]"They were switching a lot [defensively], and we wanted KG to get into the post. We felt like it was a favorable matchup for us. KG has been in those moments time and time again [throughout his career]. [...] He's more than capable of taking control of the offense like he did there in the fourth."[/sny-box]
The Nets got Garnett the ball and he didn't disappoint, draining his trademark jumper with the smooth, vintage form that's been a staple of his illustrious career. All in all, he shot 4-of-6 in the final frame, putting up 11 points, three rebounds, two steals and a block in just eight fourth-quarter minutes.
It's been an up-and-down season for KG, as he's had to adjust to a new team and a smaller role, but he's shown a ton of heart throughout it all. Even with his offensive game taking a bit of a step back as he transitions into the twilight of his career, he's always remained confident and ready to make plays when his number is called.
Garnett joked earlier this season about "dialing up" that jumper that's been so hot-and-cold for him, hoping "she picks up the phone" when he does. Wednesday, he said that he"dialed, and she was right there," and the Nets are glad "she" was.